Selmer MK VI 95xxx Original US lacquer Excellent Player

Here we have a wonderful example of a prime 5 digit VI tenor.  This one has been played plenty and shows how much love it received over the years with some lacquer wear.  Structurally, however it is in excellent condition with no solders or serious repairs that I can find.  It’s got the normal dings and minor dents but really has been spared the worse issues that we often find with vintage players horns.

This one has had a professional good quality setup by a well known NY tech and it playing well.  I’ve just got it in here and it will need some minor cosmetic and functional adjustments to optimize the situation, but again it’s really in good condition.  The original owner engraved his name and number on the back as many old pros used to do, which we will just have to ignore by playing it. The metal thumbhook appears not to be original with a sort of custom shape, which of course can be replaced with an original.

The 95k serial number is in the model-realm of Chris Potter’s VI tenor (98k so I am told) and these do have a certain presence and power; reliably more focused than 80k and trading off some fatness for pure power.  This one particularly is a specially great player.  The owner told me ‘anyone who plays it will buy it’ and I do believe I agree with him.  It is live, immediate and forward!

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Otto Link FL Double Ring Marinated .102 Silky Smooth Resonance

Here we have an apex example of the Florida Double Ring with my custom setup.  This was one of my personal players until I moved to a slightly smaller size.  I did it for myself in a batch of only TWO and the other was for Josh Redman.  They are setup with the same facing, very similar but each piece has its unique character and response.  Absolutely every fine optimization has been done to this piece.  It is playing at the top of its capability and efficiency.

The FL model has a slightly smaller chamber than NY models, and also it seems, a slightly smaller chamber than No USA models. This piece has the expected focus and center of the Double Ring model, a significant moderate baffle providing a bit of bounce and shimmering buzz on top of a very smooth and pretty warmth. The tip size sits at .102 with very fine side and tip rail contours; this piece is a lyrical weapon that lives all the way up to the FL Double Ring hype.

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Otto Link Double Ring NY Old and nice reface to .090

Here is an early model Otto Link Double Ring, made in New York sporting the early extremely long biteplate. These being about one step after the Tonemaster tend to have a fairly large chamber as well creating a thick, wide sound.  This one, however does not appear to have the absolutely huge chamber.  At least visually it appears not so big, sort of trending (a little) towards the Florida models.  This piece has had an active life showing some surface wear from handling.

The table facing stamp is not showing but I am guessing it was not a large size to start. Someone has refaced this to .090 (6 facing) and by the appearance I’d guess it was done more than 30 years ago, and by some old school hand and done very well.  It plays exceptionally well at this size with both fat and significant bright qualities on a complex warm tone expected of these models. This is not a piece to open further, it is just excellent as it is. I would suggest it could benefit from a bit of minor adjustment or cleanup if anything at all.  I very much enjoyed playing it and was surprised.

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RIA Baritone 6 original with Lig, very clean

RIA baritone 6 original.  This is a very rare and well made piece with a dedicated following.  crafted off of the Berg Larsen design approach these have a lot of power and precision.  They are really very hard to find and were generally made to a very high standard. They made these out of a number of different metals including aluminum, but I believe this one is stainless steel. Good luck finding another.

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Selmer MK VI 86xxx Original US Lac. Fully restored, Powerful and Complex

A tenor like this is very uncommon to find.  At 86xxx this is within the exact construction period of Brecker’s famous preferred horn at 863xx, as I was told.  This is a beautifully surviving original example.  The lacquer has aged to a dark bronze.  The horn has had no damage or trama and barely any scuffs of significance.  The worst issues are a few spots of finish wear or past lacquer corrosion that have been cleaned up, that’s it, nothing else of note. All the important areas, neck now brace, bell etc are untouched by impact or accident.  This is a very clean horn.

It has been carefully restored to perfection with new treated pads and an assembled set of original Selmer Tone-X nickel plated brass resonators, all keys fitted and toneholes level etc. It plays and feels like a race car in the hands.  The sound and response especially rare; an impressive slightly dark core with a wild-side type of growling aggressive edge all delivered in a particularly compact, compressed forceful airstream.  This is basically the dream VI for most people who are looking for this serial period and it absolutely does not disappoint. It’s very difficult to find any tenors at 86xxx at this point and harder still to find a truly great player at full power.

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